Ethereum dropped to its lowest level since last Friday during today’s session, as consolidation in crypto markets continued on Wednesday. This comes ahead of this afternoon’s U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate decision. Bitcoin was also in the red, and remains below $20,800.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) continued to trade below $20,800 on Wednesday, as market uncertainty remains high ahead of this afternoon’s Fed meeting.

Although markets have somewhat priced in a 75 basis point hike, some are also looking for forward guidance from the bank, which includes a timeline for pivoting policy.

BTC/USD fell to a low of $20,359.85 earlier in today’s session, less than 24 hours after tracking at a peak of $20,545.35.

Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Drops to 5-Day Low, as Fed Likely to Delay Policy Pivot
BTC/USD – Daily Chart

Looking at the chart, the token has mostly traded in the red since the weekend, which comes following a failed breakout on the relative strength index (RSI).

The index failed to move beyond a long-term ceiling of 63.00 over the weekend, which acted as a signal to bears to reenter the fold.

This afternoon’s decision will likely either heighten this bearish pressure, or act as a green light to bulls to once again control sentiment.

Ethereum

Like bitcoin, ethereum (ETH) has mostly declined to start the week, with the token also falling to a five-day low.

Following a peak of $1,595.78 in yesterday’s session, ETH/USD dropped to an intraday low of $1,544.08.

As a result of this latest move, ethereum remains below its key resistance level of $1,585, which it broke for the first time in over a month last week.

Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Drops to 5-Day Low, as Fed Likely to Delay Policy Pivot
ETH/USD – Daily Chart

As of writing this, the 14-day RSI is currently tracking at 62.74, which is down from yesterday’s peak of 66.71, and below a floor of 65.00.

This slip in price strength highlights the gradual slowing down of momentum, with the 10-day (red) moving average likely to begin changing its direction, should delines persist.

The next visible point of support for the index appears to be the 60.35 level, and should this be broken, sentiment would have truly shifted.

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Eliman Dambell

Eliman brings an eclectic point of view to market analysis, he was previously a brokerage director and retail trading educator. Currently, he acts as a commentator across various asset classes, including Crypto, Stocks and FX.




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